2018

When Missions Affects Family Planning

by Editor on September 24, 2018

by Krista Horn When we moved overseas we knew certain things would be laid on the altar.  Things like consistent electricity and wifi.  The freedom for me to wear pants outside the home.  Having someone else teach our kids.  Trips to the library.  Cherry Coke.  The list goes on, big and small. We also knew […]

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8 Things I Forget to Love About A Life Overseas

by Jerry Jones on September 21, 2018

  I’d like to say that it’s not lost on me but sometimes it is . . . the whole life overseas thing.  I’ve been at it long enough that most of the cross-cultural bloggy stuff (mine included) seems like it’s for someone else. I went through the stages of grief and the culture shock […]

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Role Deprivation and Guilt

by Amy Young on September 19, 2018

Last month I was part of Velvet Ashes’ Live Class for those in transition to the field. (Sidenote: it was a success and we will be doing future classes). But in one hour we could only dip our toes into a few vital subjects. One of the subjects I had to do a drive-by on […]

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10 Dangerous Things for Kids and One True Danger, A Quiz

by Rachel Pieh Jones on September 17, 2018

(I wrote this a long time ago but never hit “publish.” Two of my three kids are now adults, which slightly changes my personal context. But, the essay still stands, a little encouragement for expats as we face life in sometimes challenging locations.) “You’re Much More Likely to Be Killed By Brain-Eating Parasites, Texting While […]

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If I Had to Get a Job

by Anisha Hopkinson on September 13, 2018

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to try to get a job back in the good ol’ USA after having lived overseas. Given the general bizarreness of my current overseas life in relation to my past US life, I imagine securing employment would be a somewhat awkward process. Life here is wildly different […]

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by Andrea Sears Remember that survey of returned missionaries? The missionary who conducted it (me) wrapped up her furlough, headed back to Costa Rica, weathered 2 months of absolute craziness (only part of which is contained in this blog post) and is now finally able to refocus on publishing the results. I am sorry for the […]

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by Kris Gnuse She strode up to our prayer gathering, her gray curls beautiful. The group stopped for greetings and her update on the situation across the border. Backpacking alone across Central America, helping out at missions along the way, Nicaragua’s political unrest had sent her doubling back to the children’s home where our family […]

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Learning from Injustice While Living Overseas

by Editor on September 4, 2018

This piece is being posted anonymously so as not to disrespect the writer’s host country or its authorities. I was waiting in my car at the intersection, watching the policeman directing traffic. He looked in my direction and started walking towards me. Uh oh, I inwardly groaned. What is it this time? I put down […]

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Out of Office Reply

by Jonathan Trotter on September 3, 2018

Some things will just suck the blog right out of you. Furlough and book editing are apparently two of those things. Our family spent the summer back in the States, and while we very much enjoyed catching up with friends and family, it was exhausting. You all know that already. We’ve been back less than […]

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Moving Abroad Can Sure Mess with Your Autocomplete

by Craig Thompson on August 30, 2018

We can tell a lot about each other by looking at our autocompletes. For instance, start typing “I can’t find my” into a text message and see what it thinks will come next. For me, it’s “keys,” “wallet,” and “phone.” That’s pretty insightful: I have a car, I’m a guy, and I’m absent-minded enough to have my […]

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Why Cross-Cultural Workers Need Tent Pegs

by Elizabeth Trotter on August 26, 2018

Home is a complicated word. A complicated idea. What is it? Where is it? As global nomads, we’re not entirely sure how we feel about home. We’re not sure we have it, and we’re not sure how to get it. We know the correct spiritual answer – that Christ is our home. That He is […]

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Grieving an Unfulfilled Dream

by Editor on August 23, 2018

by William Jackson  The reality of living overseas is that you are going to grieve multiple things, deeply. Anyone moving out of their passport country has a dream. Some want to help HIV patients or people who have been trafficked. Others want to plant churches among the Unreached People Groups of the World. Whatever your […]

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